Christmas Gifts #4: Contest Entry

This Holiday Gift Suggestion is just for authors. Give yourself an entry or ask Santa for an entry to the JABBIC. That's Judge A Book By Its Cover, the contest that honors great book cover art. It's open to traditionally published books as well as indie published.

Sponsored by Houston Bay Area Chapter of Romance Writers of America, the JABBIC is a great way to draw attention to your book. The winners are posted on the HBA RWA website which draws thousands of viewers every month, but the big prize is being featured in a full-page color ad on the inside front cover of the April 2013 Romance Writers Report, the official publication of Romance Writers of America where it will be seen by the thousands of members of RWA as well as by agents and editors.

What Previous Winners Say

"I love the JABBIC. What a great way to promote your book! Winning the JABBIC was not only a huge honor, it gave me a boost in sales. I actually got emails from booksellers letting me know they reordered my book after seeing the ad in the RWR. Another big perk of winning was the opportunity to honor my publisher, who does a fabulous job on covers. Thank you, Houston Bay Area RWA." – Christie Craig, author of DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS, 2011 JABBIC First Place Winner, Single Title, who has been selected to emcee the 2013 RWA National Award Ceremony.

"Winning the JABBIC has proven a low-cost, high-visibility way to introduce my books and my brand to readers and booksellers. I highly recommend this contest to all my author friends!" - Colleen Thompson, author of TOUCH OF EVIL, 2010 JABBIC First Place Winner, Romantic Suspense

"JABBIC is not only easy to enter, but a fun contest as well. The publicity I received from my covers winning and finaling was substantial. It's a contest I'll enter every year!" - Donna Grant, author of DANGEROUS HIGHLANDER, 2010 JABBIC First Place Winner, Historical

"I even noted books to order in again, that I haven't had in stock for a while." –JABBIC Judge Margaret Bell, Intrigue the Romance Bookstore.


Entry Deadline: Entries must be received by January 15, 2013

Entry Fee: $15

Eligibility: Published in 2012

Enter: The cover of your book or novella published by a traditional house, ePublisher, POD or self-published during 2012

Entry Format: Electronic files (JPG or GIF) only

Categories: Contemporary Series, Single Title/Mainstream, Historical, Romantic Suspense, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal, Sexiest Cover, Young Adult and Inspirational

Judges: Booksellers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

Top Prize: Winners will be featured in a full-page color ad on the inside front cover of the April 2013 Romance Writers Report.

FMI, entry form and rules, visit contest website: or contact Contest Coordinator Leslie Marshman at: judgeabook at hbarwa dot com.

Takeaway Truth

Give yourself or a friend an entry fee for a gift an author will truly appreciate.

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